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Bobby Doerr!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2017 by joecetta

Hall of Famer and oldest living baseball player Bobby Doerr took one over the monstah for the last time this week, at the age of 99! Doerr was a career second baseman for the Boston Red Sox, playing fourteen seasons but skipping 1945 when he joined the war effort. He was a .288 hitter and held team records for hits, RBIs, total bases, doubles, at bats, and games when he retired. He was the oldest living Hall of Famer, and the last person alive who once played against Lou Gehrig. His number 1 was the third retired by the ballclub after Ted Williams and Joe Cronin, and is one of only ten they’ve hung on the wall – all of whom are Hall of Famers, will (probably) be in the Hall, or have part of the stadium named after them (Pesky). Unlike, ahem, the Yankees, who retire so many numbers they may have to start considering letters and symbols going forward. If all you had to do is have Ron Guidry’s or Jorge Posada’s career to get your number retired, jerseys would run out league-wide pretty quick. They’re the Chicago Bears of baseball, in this regard (See? Taking equal opportunity shots at fan bases!).

And Kosmala, despite only having forty people on his team this year, has managed a third death with his seven-year man Doerr! He was one of four people who has remained on the skip’s team since he joined up in 2011, along with Jason Becker, Jeff Hardy, and Steve Smith. The eleven points don’t do a lot standings-wise, but it does move him up a few spots against complete teams, which is pretty remarkable. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

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John Hillerman and Liz Smith!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2017 by joecetta

Emmy winner John Hillerman and gossip columnist Liz Smith finally cracked our epic collective dry spell this weekend, at ages 84 and 94, respectively!

Hillerman is best known for his work as Higgins on CBS’s long running island detective show Magnum P.I., opposite Tom Selleck’s awesome mustache. Hillerman picked up four Emmy nominations and five Golden Globe noms for the role, winning one of each. He also appeared in a number of acclaimed early 70’s movies, including The Last Picture Show, Chinatown, Paper Moon, High Plains Drifter, and Blazing Saddles (“Dr. Samuel Johnson’s right about Olson Johnson being right!”).

Smith’s columns appeared in the big New York newspapers and were syndicated across the country. She’d work at one time or another for Newsday, The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Post, Candid Camera, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Fox & Friends, and The Staten Island Advance, among others. The popularity of her column led to television work and wide fame, including winning an Emmy for WNBC’s Live at Five. 

And the moves high up on the leaderboard have recommenced! Kristin M. jumps to third with the 26 points for Hillerman, while Kevin becomes the seventh person to crack the double century mark this year, tying 2017 with last year for most teams reaching this milestone. Well done!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!

Robert Guillaume and Fats Domino!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2017 by joecetta

Ah, the Circle of Life on Blueberry Hill! Emmy winner Robert Guillaume and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Fats Domino became the latest Eleven Year Men to exit 2017 yesterday, both at the age of 89!

Robert Peter Williams (“Guillaume” is French for William! Stage-named!) had an accomplished stage career, garnering a Tony nomination for Guys and Dolls, before achieving breakout fame with the role of Benson DuBois on Soap, winning Emmys for the role there and in the subsequent spin-off series. He’d later appear on Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, and provide the voice of Rafiki in the then-highest grossing animated movie ever, The Lion King, for which he’d win a spoken word Grammy doing the audiobook adaptation.

Sure, Antoine Domino Jr. ultimately fit his nickname physically, but at first he was called “Fats” mainly because he reminded bandleader Billy Diamond of Fats Waller! His first big recording was a song entitled “The Fat Man,” so it’s not like he didn’t embrace the moniker. His big string of hits in the ’50s and ’60s included “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “I’m Walkin’,” and “Walking to New Orleans,” his hometown which he refused to leave for virtually any reason over the last thirty-odd years of his life. This included weathering (pun intended!) Hurricane Katrina, when he was briefly thought deceased after going missing during the storm for a day. He continued to perform concerts periodically, and even appeared in an episode of Treme in 2012. It’s a perfectly entertaining show! Check it out!

Guillaume’s eleven years in the pool saw him bounce between seven teams – Michael in ’07, Sarah ’08, the commissioner in ’09, to Gaz in ’10, back to the commish in ’11, Kristen G. ’12, and Lana from ’13 to ’15 before landing with Capone last year! 21 points jump Capone up to third overall, positioning him at the top of the crammed pack fighting for a medal spot!

Fats Domino has been on my team since 2007 – leaving only the team of Sarah & Olivia de Havilland from Year One intact all the way through the history of the pool. These 21 points extend my lead, and really folks, I’m just as unhappy about this as you are. My new longest tenured person and default face of my team – The Honeymooners’ Joyce Randolph, solidly on the squad since 2008! This only leaves three people on one team for the last ten years (ODH, Randolph, and Sam’s Stephen Hawking), but barring their demises, eight people will join this list in January, assuming keepers go as expected, and plus three other non-consecutive ten year team members. Longest Tenured facts!

Replacement picks due by next Wednesday!

Danielle Darrieux!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2017 by joecetta

French film star Danielle Darrieux bid us adieu this week, after hitting the century mark back in May! Darrieux’s film credits stretch from 1931’s Le bal to 2010’s C’est toi c’est tout, an amazing eighty years on screen! In between, she appeared in primarily French language fare, including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Napoleon, 8 Women and Scene of the Crime (receiving Cesar nominations for both), Billy Wilder’s directing debut Mauvaise Graine, and no fewer than four movies with Paris in the title, including her English language debut A Rage in Paris. She popped up in a few other Hollywood pictures, most notably Robert Rossen’s Alexander the Great and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 5 Fingers, which garnered Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscar noms. Bonsoir, Danielle!

And Kristen G. picks up her second death in three days, in an effort to salvage a fairly down year for her overall. These ten points still leave her just shy of triple digits on the year, but do jump her four spots in the crowded middle of the standings. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Gord Downie! The Lead Changes Hands!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2017 by joecetta

The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie played his final encore this week, at the age of 53! Formed in 1984, The Hip would become one of Canada’s foremost rock bands, mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Rush and The Guess Who, despite never achieving great success in the States. Their dozen-plus albums garnered them a boatload of Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy, essentially), plus membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. They appeared as the musical guest on a Season 20 episode of Saturday Night Live, largely as a result of Dan Aykroyd’s influence, he also being a Kingston native, and performed the Grey Cup halftime show in 2004! They are, by most estimates, the best selling Canadian band ever in Canada.

And Downie’s 57 big points provide us with our latest lead change since 2010! Most recent years have the whole thing wrapped up – whether we recognize it at the time or not – in the late summer if not much earlier, but this year’s bunched together standings has the lead swapping hands with only two and a half months to go! I’m stalling as, yes, it’s the commissioner in the lead for the first time this year, but there’s plenty of time left to go! And look how close it all remains!

Replacement pick is due by next Wednesday!

Richard Wilbur and Roy Dotrice!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2017 by joecetta

Poet Richard Wilbur and actor Roy Dotrice kept us dead even (pun intended!) with 2016’s death total after putting up 190 years between them! Wilbur’s long list of awards for his ten volumes of poetry includes two Pulitzers 32 years apart, a National Book award, the Frost Medal, and was the Poet Laureate for two years in the 1980s. He also wrote the lyrics for Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, picking up a New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle award in 1974.

Dotrice’s lengthy film and stage career (following his WWII service in the RAF and spending three years in a German POW camp) included appearances on many sci-fi/fantasy shows, including Game of Thrones, Angel, Babylon 5, Sliders, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Space:1999, as well as voice work on Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-man, and performing all the audiobooks in the Song of Ice and Fire series. However, I find his wildly varied film career most interesting – in the same year, he played probably his best known role as Mozart’s father Leopold in Amadeus, winner of eight Academy Awards, released five months after his villainous turn as The Evil Fuckaire in Cheech and Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, which pretty much everyone agrees is their worst! What, you think it’s Things Are Tough All Over? Incorrect! That movie has some okay moments!

Best Halloween costume ever!

And the Delver snags both scores today, as Kevin extends his division lead and pulls closer to the top group with 16 points on Dotrice, while Kristen G. picks up 14 points on Wilbur, her sixth death of the year! Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Tuesday!

And yes, on October 14th last year we’d tallied 102 deaths, and this October 14th we also had 102! It dramatically picked up from there to New Year’s in 2016, with 33 deaths in the last 11 weeks, so that it nearly tied 2015’s record total of 136, falling only one short. 2015 had 112 on 10/14, so will this year follow ’16’s hectic pace to close out the year, or the more average ’15 final quarter? Stay tuned!

Y.A. Tittle!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2017 by joecetta

NFL Quarterback and Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle tossed one into the end zone for the last time yesterday, at the age of 90! Yelberton Abraham Tittle (no wonder he shortened it!) played college ball at LSU before being drafted into the short lived AAFC by Baltimore, and subsequently into the NFL by the San Francisco 49ers in 1951. Over the next ten years in San Fran and four more with the New York Giants, Tittle was a seven time Pro Bowler and League MVP (from the AP, UPI, and Newspaper Enterprise Association) in four different seasons. He was the first football player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, in 1954, and is still tied for the record for most touchdowns in a game with seven. When he retired, he held most significant passing records, including career yards, career touchdowns, career pass attempts and completions, single season touchdowns, and games played.

Eleven Year Man Tittle bounced around between me (6 times between ’07 and ’14), Sarah, and Denis, before landing with Capone from 2015 onward. These 20 points jump him into sixth overall, only four points back of the Buonins, and bunch fully six teams within 52 points on the leaderboard! Incredibly tight contest here! Well done!

Tittle is the 11th Eleven Year Man to leave us in 2017, already outpacing 2016’s total of 9, but still leaves us with 67 folks who’ve been taken in every pool (and a few taken in all but this year, and still could be, I suppose). Stats!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!